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ISLAMABAD, Oct 25 (APP): President Dr Arif Alvi Sunday said that only a retrograde society like India could encourage the promotion of RSS-inspired extremist and nefarious ideology of Hindutva and Bharatiya Janata Party.

The president said this on Twitter commenting on a tweet by an Indian journalist Rana Ayyub’s tweet who shared an advertisement of a residential apartment available for rent in a posh Mumbai locality with a clear refusal for Muslims and pets.

The president said even in the 21st century, Indian state is backing such a bigotry.
“Muslims and Pets not allowed. This is one of the most posh addresses in Mumbai, Bandra. This is 20th century India. Remind me we are not a communal nation, tell me this is not apartheid,” commented the journalist who works for The Washington Post, The New York Times and other international media outlets.

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She said she had been house hunting in Bandra the last three months. Upon reading “Shaikh” as her surname, she got a call from the broker on behalf of the owner with the “most obnoxious excuse.”

Ayyub was endorsed by another journalist Vaishna Roy of The Hindu saying that while looking for a house in Chennai, the most common question she was asked whether she was Muslim. “If I had been (a Muslim), a good percentage of homes would have been unavailable for me. The brokers say, sorry madam, we don’t want to ask but owner told us to,” she said.